Partial collapse inside lobby of Queens apartment building

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By Dan Sears

The lobby floor of an apartment building in Queens partially collapsed on Wednesday, though no one was hurt, authorities said.

A small elevated staircase landing adjacent to the front door of the three-story building at 94-43 222nd St. in Queens Village fell about 2 feet, collapsing into the crawl space, according to the Department of Buildings. Contractors were at the scene on Wednesday evening installing a temporary platform so tenants can once again access the main entrance, officials said.

The fire department – which received a call about the collapse around 7:35 a.m. – said there were no reported injuries. The building is the source of dozens of Housing Preservation and Development violations, among other legal issues, records show.

TYH Queens Village LLC – which is tied to real estate investment firm, Treetop Companies – purchased the building in 2022. Following the incident, the building’s property owner received a violation for failing to maintain the building. Treetop Companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The property is the recipient of 35 HPD violations since September – including its most recent Class C violation for roach and mice infestations issued on Dec. 29, records show. Last month, a judge ordered the building’s landlord to correct violations after a tenant sued for repairs. And the person listed as the building’s agent – Juda Stern – is on this year’s 2023 Landlord Watchlist.

David Brand contributed reporting.

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